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Now Sea Here: Rolls-Royce Yacht Concept Is No Land Barge

The Rolls-Royce 450EX yacht concept from designer Stefan Monro takes the spirit of ecstasy to watery realms where no wheeled vehicle has gone before.

Go Faster With Glowfaster: A New “Smart Jacket” That Makes You Run Faster

The Glowfaster smart jacket is the latest contender in ‘health conscious’ wearable technologies.  This innovative idea utilizes health-tech features (heart rate sensor, GPS tracking) and presents them in a new, motivational, way.  With other wearable technologies on the horizon, how will the Glowfaster stack up?

See In The Dark With Night Vision Contact Lenses

Who wouldn't love to see in the dark? An idea best remembered from the rainy Tyrannosaurus Rex scene in the original Jurassic Park movie in 1987, night vision, without clunky technology, is finally getting closer to reality. Researchers at University of Michigan have developed a prototype using graphene to embed into a contact lens or smart phone camera lens.

Avoid Prescription Drugs: Electrocute Yourself With Electroceuticals Instead

With all the controversy of Zohydro (a painkiller that is about to receive FDA approval despite an 11-2 vote against it by independent experts), the field of electroceuticals has been launched back into the news: the field of bioelectronics to develop alternatives to drugs to manipulate the nervous system.

Listen Up: FDA Approves Bionic Ears For The Elderly

Today the FDA gave approval to the Nucleus Hybrid L24 Cochlear Implant System, the first implantable hearing device for adults with the most common type of hearing loss: profound sensorineural hearing loss, that happens as a result of aging, hereditary, or just from attending too many heavy metal concerts.

Chinese Man Too Sick To Walk Now Rides Huge Hog Through Town

His other car is a hog, and we don't mean a Harley. A 68-year-old Chinese man accustomed to walking the streets of Chongqing hasn't been feeling too perky of late... so he got porky instead! The local pig farmer now makes like a Mongol Mongo as he cruises Chongqing on his quarter-ton Hogzilla.

Can Lasers Aid Australian Scientists To Collect Space Junk?

For the last half century, space junk has been circling the earth in very destructive patterns. Now an Australian team of scientists addresses the problem head on armed with high- tech, infra-red lasers that will zap the debris out into space. Read on for more information.

New Toshiba Medical Breathalyzer Sniffs Out Illness, Not Drunkenness

Diagnosing illness just got easier and, well, breezier thanks to an innovative medical breathalyzer from Japan's Toshiba Corporation. The dishwasher-sized device, currently in the testing stage, is able to detect a wide range of illnesses within 30 seconds after a user blows into the machine.

Keep Your Epilepsy Secret with This Sticky Medical Device

Epilepsy affects over 3 million people in the US alone. Not as many as Asthma (25 million people), or Diabetes (26 million people), but more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's combined with 50,000 people dying from epilepsy causes each year. Dialog is "a concept to help people with epilepsy gain a deeper understanding of their condition and make better decisions about their care".


Plaid Looking To Collab With Inventors For New Craft Products!

Plaid Enterprises, Inc., the company behind classic crafting goodies like Mod Podge, FolkArt paint, and Gallery Glass, are searching for the next big thing in do-it-yourself consumer products. If you’ve got an invention that will make crafting easier and more fun, they might pick up your product!

Nestlé Japan's Baked Kit Kat Chocolate Bars Toast Great!

You don't have to be half-baked to enjoy toaster oven Kit Kat bars but hey, it wouldn't hurt! Individually sealed in bite-size portions, Nestlé Japan's latest and possibly greatest Kit Kat variety (and that's saying something) is a cool idea best eaten when hot.

A Lego Robot Just Solved A Rubik's Cube In Less Than Four Seconds

You can add puzzles to the long list of things robots are already better than us at doing. A Lego robot called Cubestormer 3 just solved a Ruik's Cube puzzle in 3.253 seconds, shattering the existing world speed record. Yes, a robot constructed out of a children's toy is a world-class puzzle champ.

Translucent Concrete: Scientific Marvel and Brilliant Innovation

Translucent concrete is a wondrous creation that sprang from the brilliant mind of Hungarian architect, Aron Losonczi. It represents a new frontier in architectural construction, design, innovation and beauty. Read on for more information on this fascinating subject.

China's Anti-Pollution Drone Freezes Smog To Clean The Air

China is taking the fight against smog to the next level with the SYW-1, an innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (aka drone) equipped to freeze particulate pollutants right out of the sky.

Coming Soon: Sexy Silicon Socks For Your Heart

Soon you will have to buy underwear for your internal organs. A silicon sock is the first bendy implant to be invented. It covers your heart with a sheath of electronics, measuring temperature, pH, and electrical activity in different regions of the heart. It's expected to eventually replace a pacemaker, stimulating the heart to regulate the heartbeat.


Tweezerman International Is Looking For Pedicure Tool Ideas!

That’s right, Tweezerman and Edison Nation want to plumb the minds of salon-minded inventors worldwide to develop an innovative pedicure tool. Tweezerman is known for making top of the line personal care and beauty goods, and they’re ready to pay big bucks for your awesome designs!

Don't Take Your Sense Of Touch For Granted

Manual dexterity - the ability to open a bottle, to sign a birthday card is something we take for granted. When your sense of touch is impaired due to a stroke, diabetes or otherwise, tying your laces can become impossible. Recent research has found that wearable gloves that stimulate the nerves which communicate with the brain, can improve the tactile discrimination (quality of the sense of touch) of patients.


Design Paper Towel Holder For Umbra, Win Cash & More!

GrabCAD and leading modern product designers at Umbra have teamed up to task the inventor community to create an exceptional paper towel holder. They’re ready to reward the coolest designs with cash, gifts and a potential long term partnership!

Hop Into Kenguru, The Electric Car Designed For Wheelchair Users

What car has four wheels, one door and no seats? The Kenguru of course! Able to cruise at up to 45 km/h (28 mph) with a range of up to 110 km (68 miles), the environmentally friendly and electrically powered Kenguru offers wheelchair users roll-in, drive-away convenience in a great-looking, affordable package.

Ten Russian Inventions That Have Quietly Changed The World

Although our ties with Russia sometimes walk across a political tightrope, there's no underestimating  this nation's  scientific and technical contributions. Across the centuries, many inventions that have changed the course of our daily lives have emanated from the briliiant minds of Russian scientists. Here are ten for your reading edification.